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June 7th, 2010
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Synchronized Chaos Magazine hosts Theano's Day, international day to blog about women in philosophy
Everyone, Synchronized Chaos Magazine and I invite everyone to join our international blogging day, Theano's Day, Thursday, June 24th, where we write to celebrate women in philosophy!

Link to the Facebook group for Theano's Day: http://www.facebook.com/?tid=1487709399306&sk=messages#!/group.php?gid=74564828672&v=info

Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras' wife Theano was a scholar and intellectual in her own right. Along with helping him raise five children, she put together writings on mathematics, art, beauty, philosophy, and child raising. She is credited with developing the Golden Mean, a crucial idea in aesthetic theory.

By participating on Theano's Day, you honor and celebrate important women by creating a blog post on June 24th concerning a female philosopher whom you admire, or who intrigues you. As with Ada Lovelace Day, spotlighting women's contributions to technology, the woman you select may be from any nation, culture, or time period, living or dead...and you may blog in any style or format, using any software in any language.

I selected Theano as a mascot as she represents a work/life balance, an apparently decent and loving wife and mother as well as a scholar and professional. Throughout history and on average women have worked very hard in the background keeping things going by raising children, cooking, maintaining households, helping to earn a living through day-jobs...all very respectable activities. And many have made contributions to philosophy or other fields which may have been overlooked because the women are primarily known for work they have done in their other roles. So Theano's Day celebrates the philosophical contributions of women and attempts to bring their ideas out in the open to help inform modern society.

You may define 'philosopher' as you choose - someone need not have specialized in the field to be discussed in a blog for Theano's Day. For example, a female novelist, businesswoman, teacher, politician, nun, homemaker may have created a philosophical outlook worth discussing that is apparent through the values that come out through her work in other fields.

Some women to start with if you need help thinking of someone: Hypatia of Alexandria (mathematician and scholar), St. Catherine (mystic and humanitarian), Sor Juana (Mexican nun and intellectual) and Florence Nightingale and Jane Austen, each of whom developed a worldview and philosophy through their writings on various subjects.

We encourage as many people as possible from around the world to participate this June 24th. Please make your blogpost public and send us the link so we can read each other's writing! Also, please pass on the word about Theano's Day!

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From:tapati
Date:June 8th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I immediately thought of Sor Juana. :)
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From:ladycatherina
Date:June 8th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Me too - please write a post about her! Hope you're feeling good today.

I'm between Iris Murdoch, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and maybe Einstein's wife? Could use some inspiration.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:June 27th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
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Hey, did you ever write on Sor Juana? We'd love for you to still create a post about her when you get the chance, let us know and we will add it to the compiled list!

Hope you are feeling well and having a good day today.
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From:tapati
Date:June 29th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I am planning to write something, don't know if it will be Sor Juana or not. There's someone else I'm considering if I can gather enough info.

I will let you know. My writing has been piling up with all of these migraines and I'm going to try writing WITH them. I'll see if anything is publishable, LOL. :)
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From:ladycatherina
Date:June 29th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Great, who are you considering? And we've added you to the masthead! Hope you're free of migraines today ;)
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From:ladycatherina
Date:June 27th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
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P.S. We'd love to add you to the masthead of Synchronized Chaos Magazine as an associate editor...you'd be able then to occasionally give us feedback on layout and style and help spread the word about us as much as you're able...and then you would have the privilege of contacting performing arts organizations and conferences, etc and requesting free press tickets if you write a blurb for Synchronized Chaos. Fran and others are on our board and we'd like to extend the offer to you also. Here's the masthead page, everyone describes themselves as they choose: http://synchchaos.com/?page_id=2157
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From:tapati
Date:June 29th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to. Years ago I published my own 'zine, Uppity Women Magazine, as a one woman show. I finally got bogged down in my gigantic spam-ridden inbox (as you know, once you publish an address on the web the spambots all pick it up) and after my heart surgery, suspended publication in 2001. It was primitive in terms of layout because I started in 1998 right after learning basic html but I got some great submissions. :)

Let's see, don't want to give my exact city...so how 'bout this:

Tapati McDaniels, writer, active in domestic violence education and suicide prevention, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
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